Christmas Table Setting with Topiary Centerpiece

Welcome to the 120th Tablescape Thursday!


Tonight I am sharing another Christmas tablescape. I played around with two centerpieces, one with a Baldwin Brass Lantern and Candlesticks and another with fresh Rosemary topiaries and the BB lantern. Both centerpieces have Russian Nesting Dolls that I’ve collected over the years. Let me know which centerpiece you liked best…I couldn’t decide.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Topiaries are fresh rosemary…and I loved the way their fragrance filled the dining room.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece


Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Without the topiaries…

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Dinnerware is Italian Countryside, paired with their holiday collection…beautiful!

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

French Countryside Ruby Goblets are from Mikasa. They have a subtle swirl design…sooo pretty!The wine glasses are Spode, Christmas Tree.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Flatware is Towle, pattern is King Richard.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

I like using the gold and silver jingle bell napkin rings when I have gold and silver accents/colors in a table setting. It helps tie the two together.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece


Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Without topiaries…just using a Baldwin Brass Lantern and Candlesticks. The candles are from Colonial Candle.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

I love the little nesting dolls. The history of nesting dolls goes back to Russia where they were called Matryoshka dolls, babushka dolls or Russian nesting dolls. Five dolls nest into the large one on the far left in this photo.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

You can see the smallest of this set of six (6) on the right side of this pic. The brass lantern is Baldwin Brass and was collected 15+ year ago.


A few more…these are nesting Santas. It’s so much fun to open them to see how many are inside.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece


I bought these strings of gold and red beads years ago for a project, but never got around to making it. Now I have no clue what I planned to use them for…do you ever do that? Please say, YES. LOL They have been stuffed away in a box for years. I pulled them all out today and put them inside this crystal beverage dispenser to enjoy until I fill it with this Champagne Punch.

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece

Looking forward to viewing your beautiful tablescapes! Julia at Hooked on Houses is having a Holiday Party today. Stop by Hooked on Houses and check out all the great links or join the party!

Christmas Table Setting Tablescape with Topiary Centerpiece


Glass Chargers: Hobby Lobby, a year ago
Dinnerware: Provided by Mikasa, Pattern is Italian Countryside, Salad platesare from their Holiday Collection
Stemware: French Countryside Ruby Gobletswere provided by Mikasa, Wine glasses are Spode, Holiday and were found at Marshalls a year ago.
Flatware: Towle, King Richard
Tablecloth: Found in a local antique shop
Plaid Napkins: Marshalls, 1-2 years ago
Napkin Sheaths: Pier 1, this year
Jingle Bell Napkin Rings: Either Macy’s or Kohls, several years ago.
Candles: Provided by Colonial Candle
Brass Lantern and brass candlesticks are all Baldwin Brass, purchased 15 years ago
Nesting Santas: Collected from everywhere and received as gifts
Crystal Beverage Server: Found while antiquing around a year ago
Topiaries: The Home Depot Garden Center

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  1. Gorgeous red dining room Susan! Always wonderful inspiration here.

  2. Gorgeous red dining room Susan! Always wonderful inspiration here.

  3. Hello Susan,
    Love the elegance of your table. Just beautiful. Thanks again for hosting this fun meme. I visit as many as I can…

  4. Candy @ The Little Round Table says

    Just beautiful Susan!

    Great dishes and the table looks so inviting.

    Happy Holidays,

  5. Beautiful table! I love the Christmas companion plates with the Italian Countryside. I think I like the rosemary topiaries the best.. thanks for hosting!

  6. Michelle @ Sweet Something Design says

    Hi Susan, beautiful table, and thanks so much for hosting

  7. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Susan another wonderful tablescape. I especially like the Christmas balls in the glasses… adds a bit of whimsy. hugs ~lynne~

  8. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    Love the rosemary topiaries. I remember that rosemary is for remembrance and the fragrance is supposed to be a mood elevator. Just perfect for a holiday celebration. The tables are beautiful!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  9. Yes, I have done that, MANY times, lol. So many good intentions, not enough time!
    Your table is just beautiful! I love your nesting dolls. I bet those rosemary topiaries smell wonderful!
    Hope you are enjoying this job free season!

  10. Liz@ says

    This is so beautiful! I have these dishes too and want to get the glasses, they look perfect with the dishes! Love the topiaries…Love the room!

  11. Sarah {abeachcottage} says

    Merry Christmas Susan!

    wow you are the tablescaping master as ever! looks fab!

    I have linked back to the party and visited some lovely tables already…I am having a christmas coffee here as I do so Down Under…it's just gone mid-day and it is hot and humid

    happy holidays


  12. we three dogs and me says

    As always just beautiful. Love the nesting dolls and napkins.

  13. Glenda/MidSouth says


  14. Beautiful tablescapes, both of them!! But my favorite is the one without the topiaries!!

  15. iSavor the Weekend says

    We are moving into a new home in about 9 days (yes, BEFORE Christmas). I've always wanted to paint my dining room a red color like yours but I'm really nervous! Yours is soooo beautiful and inspiring, is it still ok to paint the dining room red? What color/brand did you use!! Merry Christmas everybody!!

  16. The Tablescaper says

    Hello Susan!

    Beautiful table. There is no doubt in my mind, you've got to go with the topiaries. Not only are they a treat for your eyes, but your nose as well!

    – The Tablescaper

  17. Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful says

    Just lovely, Susan! I have a few nesting Santas, too, but I've never used them as you have here. My grandchildren love to play with them. Your table is gorgeous — the lush napkins and jingle bell rings add such a wonderful touch!

  18. Just breathtaking..I've always loved your red dining room..:)
    I'll come back later as I can't find Mr. linky…:(

  19. Nellie's Cozy place says

    What a stunning table. I just love all the red, so pretty. Like the green, red and gold napkins together, looks very nice. Rosemary topiaries,
    I bet they do smell wonderful!!
    Your lil nesting people are so cute too!! and I still like shiny brass too!! It is only temporarily out of style anyway, it will be back strong in a few years!! lol
    A very warm and inviting dining room and table. and love the Christmas dessert or salad plates.
    So pretty. I love Amarillos!!
    Thanks dear for hosting, another
    wonderful post as always.
    Blessings for a Very Special Christmas Season!

  20. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi iSavortheweekend, The color I used when I painted my dining room is Benjamin Moore, Raspberry Truffle. I love it. I love having one room in my home with red walls. If it was the dining room, I'd use red in a library or study.
    As to if it's ok to paint the dining room red, I never follow trends…I just do what I love. Trends come and go…so go with what you love. And remember, it's just paint…easy to change when the mood strikes.

  21. Your tablescape is gorgeous! I love the red and the dishes are beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing your wall color and thanks for hosting!

  22. Words fail me, Susan! Your table is more than gorgeous!! I do love your red walls and your dining room is so stunning!
    Hope you're having a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  23. raioX - da Tin says

    This is so beautiful, I loved each detail in your table, I loved the gold and silver jingle bell napkin rings!
    Just lovely !!

    Cintia ( Tin ) Fumagalli

  24. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Hi, Susan. The topiaries, definitely! I love your Russian nesting dolls, too. I have one I'm planning to use in a winter tablescape one of these days… Red dining rooms are so versatile — but especially beautiful at Christmas!

  25. Stunning table, as usual, Susan. Love the plates and the topiaries!…Christine

  26. Beautiful table as always Susan! I love those salad plates too!! Thanks for hosting!

  27. On Crooked Creek says

    I couldn't choose just one either! I loved them both! The red is gorgeous. . .thank you for another inspiring tablescape!

  28. carolinajewel says

    I love the Baldwin Brass Candleholder – I gave one as a wedding present YEARS ago and wished I could have bought one for myself! I love the topiaries! Lovely table as always!!!

  29. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, both tablescapes are beautiful, and I LOVE those topiaries. I do think all of the other beautiful pieces on the table show up better without the topiaries, but I sure think either way works beautifully. laurie

  30. Splendid Sass says

    Absolutely stunning. Just perfect!
    I love the wreath, but I can't tell what it is made of.
    The lighting is so quaint and beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  31. food for thought says

    evertying just pops in the red, beautiful~

  32. I love the red dining room, Susan, and I have the same brass hurricane that you have ~ only mine was bought in 1984! I think it was one of the first "expensive" accessories I purchased. Still have mine too. I like the topiaries, but think it looks great without them too.
    Thanks for hosting, and have a Merry Christmas.

  33. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Just beautiful! I like both, but I think my favorite is with the rosemary trees!

    Thanks for hosting!


  34. Hi Susan,
    Your dining room is as beautiful as your porch!
    I love your tablescape too as always.

    Thank you for hosting,


  35. I love the reds and gold! This is an elegant table and so lovely.

    I really like the little circle of nesting dolls in the centerpiece too. That's so different and adds a touch of whimsy to the table.

    I'm really enjoying the Christmas tablescapes showcased here. Thanks so much for hosting this!

  36. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says

    Everything is so wonderfully festive and gorgeous!! I love the rosemary topiaies.

  37. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    Very, very pretty! This makes me want to get out my Christmas dishes.

  38. Atelier de Charo says

    Gorgeous, gorgeous!

  39. Karen @ The Whimsical Lady says

    I love it! So classy and sparkly and wonderful. It just screams Christmas! Thanks for sharing. Saving some of your ideas.


  40. simply WOW!
    love the idea with the christmas bulb in the glass!

  41. The Italian Countryside really made a beautiful tablescape in your gorgeous red dining room. Every time I see it, I want to paint mine red, too. I wish the painting fairies would surprise me!

  42. Dining Delight says

    Your red dining room is so wonderful especially at this time of year and your tablescape compliments the wall colour perfectly! Both centerpiece ideas are terrific – I can't decide!


  43. Julie Harward says

    I like it with just the candles best but then I am going much simpler this year. A lovely room, love the wall color and the mirror etc. πŸ˜€

  44. Hello Susan,
    really great table. I love all the details. The china is so outstanding, that is really Christmaslike. I love the idea of the pearls strings in the glassjar.

    Dear Susan, there is no possibility to link in this day?

    Greetings, Johanna

  45. I'm probably the only person on earth who doesn't care for the scent or flavor of rosemary. Thus my vote is nix the topiaries! However, I do think the lantern table needs a touch of green. Not much help, I guess.

  46. Purnima@a creative project says

    Your decor is so beautiful!! Its so amazing how you come up with superb ideas week after week!! Thanks for hosting and allowing us to showcase our humble decor!!!!

  47. Luncheons at the Junction says

    Susan, the red on your diningroom walls are the perfect stage for Christmas. The setting is beautiful, as always – love the Mikasa plates. Happy Holidays!

  48. Mel's Cabin says

    You are over the TOP with Red and it's gorgeous!! Less is more and your tablescape it exactly that, simple.

  49. What an elegant setting…I love red! I also adore the crystal beverage dispenser with beads in it, what a fabulous idea! Well done! XO ~Liz

  50. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    I ALWAYS know that when I come to visit you, that I am in for a treat…and I am never disappointed!
    Stunning tablescape! I would die though if I saw someone wipe their mouth with those fantastic napkins.
    Maybe you could gather them all up and pass out large lovely paper ones? I'm kidding! I'm kidding! πŸ™‚

  51. everything is superb!!! The rosemary topiary centerpieces are something very special …..brava!!! Ciao Flavia

  52. Your tablescape is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  53. everything is very beautiful….and the rosemary topiary centerpieces are…. my favourite!!!Brava, hugs, Flavia

  54. Down-sizing boomer says

    Love the sideboard, too. The whole room is perfect.

  55. Both tablescapes are gorgeous, Susan, but my favorite includes the topiaries.β™₯

  56. Alicia @ ProtoDoom says

    Beautiful and inspiring. The rosemary topiaries are stunning.

    I've been considering painting my bathroom a strong red (there is bead board wainscoting on the lower half), so now that I'm seeing your dining room, I'm going to pick my color.

  57. This is so beautiful, Susan! Those Mikasa Christmas plates are gorgeous! I love the addition of the rosemary topiaries. I bet they smell wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing and for hosting TT.


  58. Designs By Pinky says

    I was here late last night and forgot to comment!! This is stunning, as so many have said! I love the topiaries, they bring life to the table to me. Love the napkin "scarves", is that what they are called? That mirror always takes my breath away. Merry Christmas, my friend!!! XO, Pinky

  59. Love Where You LIve says

    Those red walls are the perfect back drop for such a pretty and festive table!

  60. Hi Susan,
    Lovely table as usual you do not disappoint. I just love that mirror and the wreath on it really makes it sparkle. Love those napkins. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  61. Southerncook says

    Susan, Your dining room table setting is just stunning. My dining room is red as well with a crystal chandelier. I love the way the color bounces off the prisms of the chandelier in the evening. My DD also has the King Richard silver pattern and she has loved that pattern since she was a little girl. Much of her silver that I bought for her came from Beverly Bremmer in Atlanta. If you have never visited that shop in Buckhead you should.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  62. I'm always inspired when I visit here. Your table is gorgeous and speaks to the season. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  63. You do red so well, Susan! I love those salad plates, there is something about them that makes me smile. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent, each week.

  64. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Your tablescape is just gorgeous. I love your dining room, everything is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

  65. Frog Hollow Farm Girl says

    Sending a sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm! Your tablescapes are always just wonderful to scroll through! I love the addition of the rosemary topiaries, and wonder if anyone has suggested including the hurricane and the two topiaries – if you can fit them all? The Mikasa pieces are delightful – I love amaryllis flowers – they are as elegant as lilies in my book. I've used red, gold and pearl beading strands under wide pillars in glass hurricanes – they are really pretty with the candle lit and reflect even more light than the glass hurricane piece. Ciao, bella!

  66. Jennifer Lynn says

    Susan, your dining room is beautiful for the holidays! I am definitely checking out the Red French Countryside stemware and seeing if there is any Christmas items to go with FC as that is my white dishware.

    In case you get the chance to answer (and I will also email), what are the dimensions of your dining room? By your pictures it looks similar to mine, just different placement of doors and windows.

    Thanks in advance!

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  69. Your table is perfect! I vote for no topiaries, though….the height didn't seem to work as well as the shorter items. And as for the buying things for projects, and then not doing them…oh yes! But there is so much fun in rediscovering the bits and using them in other ways, that I never really mind.

    Thank you for the lovely inspiration!

  70. Rona's Home Page says

    Both tables are gorgeous but my favorite is the Russian nesting toys.

  71. bcp.....My Life says

    A wonderful party table! I love Christmas. Thanks for being a wonderful host!

  72. Designs on 47th Street says

    You always come up with the best tablescapes, Susan. Thank you for hosting week after week after week. πŸ™‚


  73. A Perfect Setting says

    I've enjoyed visiting your blog. Your photography and content set the standard, always inspiring, beautiful, and informative! Thanks for hosting Mondays and Thursdays! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas! Maybe you can visit me some day soon!

  74. So many inspiring things to look at on your beautiful table. I love the ornaments inside the glasses. I think I like the table with the topiaries best but I think they are both just beautiful.
    Merry Christmas.

  75. silver and gold bells…genius…and the answer to my problem…silver chargers and gold candle holders….I'll mix the two…thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  76. Sherri.. aka.. Sharon, Sherbear, Cos, City Smirf & Banana says

    Susan..I don't seem to get anything done, I just love your stuff. I follow you on Houzz..My bird tablescape was featured this month on Houzz…which got me started..I have so many ideas my head hurts. Thank you for your God given talent and for sharing it. Best wishes for the Holidays

  77. What are napkin sheaths? I don't think I've ever seen them before. What do you do with them when you put the napkin on your lap?

  78. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Pamela,
    They are just a decorative (usually sheer) fabric that goes over the napkin to add a touch of elegance to the table. You just place the sheath to the side and place the napkin in your lap. The sheath is just really meant to be decorative. You mostly see them on holiday tables or table for special occasions.

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